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Kuranda, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforests

A visit to North Queensland isn't complete without witnessing the Rainforests of the region. See amazingly diverse flora and fauna, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and national parks. View 200 year old palms that provide an enormous leaf canopy overhead. Everything here is larger, richer in colour and healthier including trees, leaves and seed pods.

The area became World heritage listed in 1988 and covers nearly 900,000 hectares of rainforest and tropical vegetation, with the wet season between January and March bringing a time of regeneration and restoration.

Centuries earlier, tremendous volcanic activity assisted in creating the fertile Tropical Tablelands area where lakes, waterfalls, rivers and spectacular national parks make for sights to behold. The area has excellent bushwalking tracks and 4WD tracks, so why not take a 4WD Nature Safari.

Everything here is not only rare but incredibly beautiful. As most of the animals here are nocturnal, a nighttime excursion will provide an almost spiritual experience.

See children's pythons, green tree frogs, tree climbing kangaroos, leaf-tailed geckos and rare Lemuroid possums.

Kuranda is the central town of this region and two ways of reaching the area from Cairns is on the Kuranda Scenic Railway or in a gondola on the world's longest skyrail. Well known for the arts and craft markets, Kuranda also provides excellent facilities for conference and business groups.

Check out the scenery in this area including the magnificent Barron Falls, Curtain Fig Tree, Spanish Castles, Crater Lakes and Waterfall District. Try whitewater rafting down the Barron River, Wet Tropics River or Tully River, jungle journey on a Barron River cruise boat or amphibious army duck at Rainforestation National Park.

North of Port Douglas is the Daintree and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Take a cruise, cross the Daintree River in a vehicular ferry and even stay at one of the Eco-resort or lodges.

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